CALGARY – For 36 minutes it looked like it was going to be a landmark win for the UBC Okanagan men's basketball team. The Heat had the No.4 team in the country reeling on their home court however the shorthanded squad's lack of depth caught up with UBCO and Calgary would score late and pull away as the Heat went for the upset win.
The Dinos staved off their fourth loss on the season by scoring 16 points over the final four minutes at the Jack Simpson Gymnasium to send the Heat to the road loss by a final score of 79-66.
The UBCO played a strong defensive game and used scoring from eight of the nine players in uniform to nearly knock off the ranked U of C squad.
The Heat shot 55.6% from the field and 50% from beyond the arc in the first half, but were still behind 38-36 at half-time. UBCO had the lead at the end of the first quarter, 15-13, but the Dinos were able to put up 25 in the second to take the lead by the end of the opening half. The Heat did not get a call to go to the free-throw line even once during the first half.
Mambi Diawara had already scored 14 points by half-time for the Dinos, and for the Heat it was Aldrich Berrios leading the way with 12 points through the first 20 minutes.
The Heat finally got to the free throw line in the second half, and made 6 of 8 from the stripe. Their three-point shooting efficiency was halved during the third and fourth quarters, though, as they shot 25% from long range in the second half while the Dinos went 6-15 from three (40%).
Triston Matthews did most of his scoring for the Heat in the second half, earning 11 points in the final 20 minutes, while Diawara led all scorers with 15 during that time. The Dinos were able to outscore the Heat 20-14 in the third quarter, and closed out the win in the fourth by outscoring them again 21-16. The home side outscored UBCO 16-5 in the final four minutes of the fourth quarter.
Aldrich Berrios led the Heat in scoring, with 18 points, finishing just ahead of Triston Matthews, who had 17 in the game. Spencer Thomas also finished in double-digits, with 10, and had a team-high six assists. Kyrin Cybenko led on the glass, grabbing nine rebounds.
For the Dinos it was Mambi Diawara leading in scoring, putting up a game-high 29 points. David Kapinga added 13, and Lars Schlueter finished with 10. Connor Foreman had a team-high nine rebounds, and Kapinga led the way in assists with six.
By the Numbers:
The Heat were the better shooting team statistically on Saturday, finishing ahead in field goal percentage (44.6% - 29.7%), three-point percentage (35.7% - 29.4%), and free-throw percentage (75% - 64.7%). That edge in consistency wasn't enough though, as the Dinos got up 17 more shots from the field, six more from beyond the arc, and nine more from the charity stripe.
Rebounds were 40-37 for the Heat, while the Dinos finished ahead in assists (17-12), steals (12-7), and blocks (6-3).
The UBC Okanagan Heat (2-14) will host the UBC Thunderbirds (12-3) next weekend, with Shoot for the Cure Night on Friday and KidSport Night on Saturday in the UBC Okanagan gymnasium.
The Calgary Dinos (13-3) have a home-and-home next weekend against the Lethbridge Pronghorns (11-5). They will play in Lethbridge on Thursday, January 25 and in Calgary on Saturday, January 27.
~ Grayson B. Leahy, Heat Sports Information.